Department of Psychology

Dr Julie Turner-Cobb

A Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Health Psychology with particular expertise in the measurement of salivary cortisol in children

Julie Turner-Cobb

Deputy Head of Department
Senior Lecturer BA (Hons), PhD, PGCHE

2 South 1.06
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6982

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PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching these topics:

  • Health effects of accumulated lifetime stress
  • Measurement of allostasis load
  • Children's conceptualisation of health, stress and illness
  • Effects of stress on endocrine reactivity in children
  • Resilience in young carers
  • Social belonging and it's impact on health
  • Cancer survivorship and interventions to facilitate adjustment

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I am currently supervising a number of research students.


I am a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Bath, where I am Deputy Head of Department and lead the STress, Endocrine and Lifecourse LAboRatory (STELLAR).

I am a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS),  a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an associate editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology.

I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter and received my PhD from the University of London (St George’s Hospital Medical School). Before coming to Bath in 2003, I gained experience as a post doctoral researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine, California and later as a Lecturer at the University of Kent (UK). 

I have an established programme of interdisciplinary research examining the effects of psychosocial factors, particularly stress and social support, on endocrine functioning and a range of acute and chronic health conditions in adults and in children. I specialize in the measurement of salivary cortisol in children and my work involves both longitudinal field work examining diurnal cortisol patterns and laboratory assessment assessing acute stress reactivity. Taking a biopsychosocial approach to the study of health and illness, I am particularly interested in intergenerational effects of stress and resilience, such as family and parental influences, on cortisol functioning during childhood and health across the life course.

Media interest in my  work has included BBC1’s Child of Our Time and BBC radio 4’s Today programme. I have received funding for my research from a number of sources including the Nuffield Foundation, the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council (ARC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as well as collaborating in research funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit scheme. 

Research interests

  • Stress, adaptation, and resilience
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Child health psychology
  • Social support and coping
  • Intergenerational effects on health
  • Allostasis and allostatic load and lifespan approaches to health
  • Psychosocial factors in cancer and survivorship
  • Children's understanding of health and illness

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